‘Take a Break, Raise Your Voice and Support our carers! is the theme of Carers Week, taking place 12 – 18 October.
There are 2.7 million carers across Australia who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail aged.
Carers Australia CEO, Ms Ara Cresswell, said, “Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution that Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers make to our nation.
“By taking a break, raising your voice and supporting our carers, you can help raise awareness among all Australians of the diversity of carers and caring roles in Australia.”
Carers Week will be celebrated through a range of events and activities staged across the country.
Australians can ‘Take a Break’ by organising a morning or afternoon tea, a fundraiser or workshop and talk about caring in Australia with colleagues, friends and family, learning about carers and the supports and services available to them.
New for 2014 is ‘Careroke’ – a play on karaoke where people can ‘raise their voice’ and show their support by recording and uploading their own version of the Carers Week song, or organising and registering their own karaoke events, which will be promoted on the Careroke website.